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US tourists fined €800 for breaking into Rome’s Colosseum to drink beer
Police were called to the Colosseum after the two American tourists were spotted by a passer-by. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP
AFP/The Local email@example.com @thelocalitaly 18 November 2021 12:44 CET
A couple of US tourists who broke into Rome's Colosseum to enjoy a drink with a view have been hit with a hefty fine, police said.
The pair, aged 24 and 25, had climbed up to the second ring of the ancient gladiator arena at dawn on Monday, but were spotted by an early riser who alerted the police.
They admitted to having broken in “to drink a beer” in the early hours, and were given an 800 euro ($905) fine, a police spokesman told AFP, without providing any more details.
It was not clear how they had got into the 2,000-year-old structure, which closes to visitors at 4.30pm.